Cases creep up

Three new active cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Casey City – with the current tally standing at 61 cases, according to the state’s latest health data.

Elsewhere in the southeast, Greater Dandenong reported 17 cases with one active case while Cardinia had 16, and Frankston 41. However, neither council areas had active cases.

State-wide, there have been 1628 cases, according to the 28 May figures.

Of them, 1544 people have recovered. Confirmed community transmissions stand at 165.

Eight Covid-19 patients remain in hospital including three in intensive care. Nineteen Victorians have died of the virus.Of the new cases, one has been detected in a staff member at the Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne.

The source of acquisition for both cases remains under investigation and all potential sources of transmission will be explored.

All close contacts of both staff members have been contacted and placed into quarantine. None of the close contacts identified are hotel guests at this stage.

Three cases were also detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, and six cases were detected in household contacts, including five members of one household. All household members are in isolation and contact tracing is under way.

There were no new cases linked to outbreaks in aged care centres.

Premier Daniel Andrews said in terms of people working from home “we don’t yet have a timeline on when this might change, or how we might be able to get back to work as normal.”

“For now, we’re saying this will be in place until at least the end of June, but it may well be longer. As always, that will depend on the advice of our Chief Health Officer.

“What is clear is that by continuing to work from home – you are making a very real difference to the safety of our state.”


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